Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Guesthouse Paradiso – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…
Guesthouse Paradiso (1999)
With the sad news of Rik Mayall passing I wanted to go back and review the movie Guest House Paradiso, the spin-off movie based on the Bottom TV series. I thought about covering Drop Dead Fred but the Bottom TV show was a big part of my childhood and it’s still one of Rik’s best shows and I felt it would be right to cover the feature length movie.
It came to our screens in 1999 and it bombed – big time. It got negative reviews from the majority of critics but over time it’s gained more and more fans down to its genuinely good slapstick comedy and silly violence. Many forget it was Simon Pegg’s first role in film and he puts in a great performance.
Let’s take a look back at this largely forgotten movie… it’s not perfect by any means but it shouldn’t be ignored.